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Confirmation via Analogue Simulation: A Bayesian Analysis

Dardashti, Radin and Hartmann, Stephan and Thebault, Karim P Y and Winsberg, Eric (2015) Confirmation via Analogue Simulation: A Bayesian Analysis. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Analogue simulation is a novel mode of scientific inference found increasingly within modern physics, and yet all but neglected in the philosophical literature. Experiments conducted upon a table-top ‘source system’ are taken to provide insight into features of an inaccessible ‘target system’, based upon a syntactic isomorphism between the relevant modelling frameworks. An important example is the use of acoustic ‘dumb hole’ systems to simulate gravitational black holes. In a recent paper it was argued that there exists circumstances in which confirmation via analogue simulation can obtain; in particular when the robustness of the isomorphism is established via universality arguments. The current paper supports these claims via an analysis in terms of Bayesian confirmation theory.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Simulation, Analogue Reasoning, Models, Confirmation, Black Holes, Hawking Radiation
    Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
    General Issues > Experimentation
    General Issues > Models and Idealization
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Depositing User: Mr. Radin Dardashti
    Date Deposited: 28 Dec 2015 09:25
    Last Modified: 28 Dec 2015 09:25
    Item ID: 11830
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11830

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